Friends of park are winners in annual giveaway

A couple walk their dogs in Stanley Park
A couple walk their dogs in Stanley Park
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A Blackpool community group has been selected as winner in a national competition.

Friends of Stanley Park, the community group set up to help improve and maintain the resort landmark, is one of 12 groups selected by Yorkshire Bank as a winner in the 2015 Spirit of the Community Awards.

Now in its third year, the awards programme aims to recognise charities and not-for-profit organisations for the contribution they make to their local communities.

The successful recipients will now share a funding boost of £75,000 to make a difference in their areas.

The individual amounts each organisation is set to receive will be unveiled on June 25 at a ceremony at the bank’s head office in Leeds.

Organisations which could demonstrate their support for the local community were eligible to enter the awards under one of three categories: financial education, employability and environment.

Friends of Stanley Park were winners in the environment category.

There will be an overall winning group in each of the three categories which will secure £10,000 of funding, along with three highly commended that will each be awarded £5,000.

Debbie Crosbie, acting CEO of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and Chair of Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, said: “It’s inspiring to see the great work being carried out over the past few years and the difference our support 
can make to third sector groups.

“We received a record number of entries this year and are looking forward to presenting the awards.”